CSP Still Needs your Help! Comment Today! Heres How…

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What’s Happening?

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting public comments on the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) interim final rule through January 20, 2015. This is the last chance for NRCS to make changes before the rule becomes the permanent final rule that will govern the program for years to come. We have this one chance to make a good program even better: NRCS needs to hear from you and other farmers and concerned citizens!

What YOU can do!

NRCS will accept comments submitted online or through the mail. You can use the sample materials below to get started! It is important to personalize your comment – NRCS will read every single submission, and unique comments have the most impact.

Step 1 – Get informed
visit our CSP Comment Center to learn what may change about CSP under the new rules, how these changes could impact farmers’ participation in the Conservation Stewardship Program, where NRCS could be doing more to help CSP reach its full potential, and why this matters for everyone.

While you are there, Sign our letter to USDA NRCS Chief Jason Weller! We will deliver this letter on January 20. We are partnering with the Center for Rural Affairs on this letter!

Step 2 – Customize the comment template for yourself!
NSAC has created comment templates for Organizations and for Farmers:

Farmer CSP Comment Template (MS Word)

Organization CSP Comment Template (MS Word)

There are guiding questions to help you tell your story effectively to NRCS. You can pick and choose – feel free to include in your comment letter whichever issues below are most important to you.

Step 3 – Submit your comment!
You can submit online at http://bit.ly/csp15 or by mail . The mailing address can be found at the same link.

ACT NOW!

Visit the CSP Comment Center:  Help CSP! | National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition.

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